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Penfield and Enos: Outage planning in the COVID-19 era
Energy Harbor’s Beaver Valley plant, located about 34 miles northwest of Pittsburgh, Pa., was one of many nuclear sites preparing for a scheduled outage as the coronavirus pandemic intensified in March. The baseline objective of any planned outage—to complete refueling on time and get back to producing power—was complicated by the need to prevent the transmission of COVID-19.
While over 200 of the plant’s 850 staff members worked from home to support the outage, about 800 contractors were brought in for jobs that could only be done on-site. Nuclear News Staff Writer Susan Gallier talked with Beaver Valley Site Vice President Rod Penfield and General Plant Manager Matt Enos about the planning and communication required.
Beaver Valley can look forward to several more outages in the future, now that plans to shut down the two Westinghouse pressurized water reactors, each rated at about 960 MWe, were reversed in March. “The deactivation announcement happened in the middle of all our planning,” Enos said. “It’s a shame we haven’t had a chance to get together as a large group and celebrate that yet.”
While the focus remains on safe pandemic operations, the site now has two causes for celebration: an outage success and a long future ahead.
P. V. Subhash, Y. Ghai, S. K. Amit, A. M. Begum, P. Vasu
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 67 | Number 4 | May 2015 | Pages 705-717
Technical Paper | dx.doi.org/10.13182/FST14-823
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The differences in the electron cyclotron emission spectrum from a tokamak plasma between a direct line of sight (LOS) (normal to the toroidal magnetic field) and a slightly oblique LOS have been modeled. A typical ITER tokamak scenario has been chosen in this study. The usefulness of such an additional detector for obtaining a better radial resolution is examined. The intensities of the radiation, as observable from the low-field side, covering the first harmonic ordinary mode spectral frequencies ∼120 to 230 GHz have been compared. We find that at certain frequencies the radiation observed along the oblique view seems to come from a narrower region. This affords the possibility of realizing better radial spatial resolution, compared to that possible by a direct view alone, for localizing any fluctuations, identifying abrupt changes in the temperature profile, etc. The physical reasons for the code-predicted differences between the direct and oblique spectra are elucidated. The translation of the radial resolution calculations into realistic phenomena is studied for two situations: neoclassical tearing modes and a damped sinusoidal perturbation. For both cases, the oblique view yields a better reproduction of the situation.